The 2017 Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference will be held June 30 to July 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin, Texas. This is an excellent opportunity for writers to hear twenty agents, editors and published authors speak and to meet fellow writers. Discounts on registration fees are available until April 30. For more information, visit www.writersleague.org.
Writing in what is now known as Plain English or Plain Language can make your thoughts stand out in a sea of information. This is essential for those creating business, government or academic documents.
This style involves using clear and concise sentences and simple words to make ideas quickly understandable to the public. Some years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States advocated this practice. Its staff published A Plain English Handbook, which is still available online. Since then, those in other countries have also adopted this approach. For more information on this subject, do a Google or youtube.com search.
How you write about a subject is what makes it interesting to readers. You express your style in your view of a topic, tone toward it and originality in language. Be yourself to create a memorable work of art.
To write compelling non-fiction books or articles, use techniques of fiction. Begin with an intriguing introduction. Quickly introduce your cast of characters and setting. Describe the most dramatic incidents in the story. Convey what makes it an important, unique or memorable tale.
If you’re an architect or artist who dislikes writing, imagine a document as a house you’ll design. Sketch it, and label each room with one main point. Transfer what you’ve written to paper, and organize and develop your outline. You’ll soon have a first draft.
If your writing has been rejected by editors and agents, use your disappointment in the same way you do success. Let it motivate you to do even better. Set new goals, and identify the strategies needed to achieve them. Your career will soon bloom.
How do you communicate your genius as a writer? You do it in words–one at a time.
You create what seems impossible in order to capture the mind, heart or soul of readers. You condense the wisdom of a lifetime into a single work. You reveal some large truth about life in a tiny story, essay or poem. Making people think, feel, hope, believe, laugh or cry is your job.
To learn how to make your manuscripts more publishable, consider taking my upcoming class on Editing Your Creative Writing for Publication. I will teach it from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2, 2017. This will be offered by the community education program of North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas. To read a description of it in the adult program catalog and to register for it, visit https://communityed.neisd.net. This can help you on your road to success.
Holidays like New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are times to express your gratitude to those who have helped you succeed as a writer. Send a handwritten thank-you note to agents, editors, publishers, book reviewers, mentors, teachers, critique group members and others who’ve assisted you.
The start of a new year is a time to assess what you’ve accomplished as a writer in the past one. Consider the risks you’ve taken that have led to your achieving goals. Think about how your courage, confidence and skill have increased. Reflect on what you’ve learned about life, yourself or others that can enrich your future work. All of these steps can help enlighten your understanding of your growth and worth as a writer.